Awards recognise quality design

The restoration of a Liverpool park, a town centre public realm revamp and a plan to improve the environment across 17 communities were among schemes recognised in a prestigious planning competition.

A total of 12 entries picked up accolades in the RTPI North West & White Young Green awards. They were judged on a variety of elements including design, multi-disciplinary working and urban regeneration.

Among the commended projects was the Birkenhead Park Restoration scheme, submitted by Wirral Council.

The £11.5m makeover saw the Grade I-registered park receive new bridges, railings and pathways, as well as planting restored to its original 1840s design.

Also recognised was the Burscough Town Centre Regeneration Project, submitted by West Lancashire District Council with landscape design from BCA Landscape.

The initiative to revitalise the town centre was entered into the awards because of the quality of design of its public realm works, which included public art, improved landscaping, a new public square and tree lighting.

The regional judging panel included RTPI North West chairman Chris Bamber, along with awards co-ordinator Mike Eastham and members John Collins, Murray Graham, David Alexander and Emma Singleton. Eastham said: "We were looking for examples of good practice, which could be disseminated to planning colleagues across the region and further afield."

The overall winner was the Liverpool One urban regeneration project, otherwise known as the Paradise Project.

The award will be presented at a ceremony on 3 October at the Hilton, Manchester.

Award winners were: Liverpool One (Paradise Project), submitted by Liverpool City Council; Media City UK, Salford Quays, by S Wright; Rural Planning Facilitation Service in Cumbria and Lancashire, by Cumbria Rural Enterprise Agency; and The Royal - Bowness on Windermere, submitted by Applethwaite.

Commendations went to:

- Birkenhead Park Restoration, submitted by Wirral Council;

- Buckshaw Village, Lancashire, by Chorley Borough Council;

- Burscough Town Centre Regeneration Project, by West Lancashire District Council;

- Cumbria Wind Energy Supplementary Planning Document, submitted by Coates Associates and Partnership of Cumbria Local Planning Authorities;

- Making a Drama out of Planning Together, by Liverpool City Council;

- North West Green Infrastructure Guide, by NWRA;

- Electronic Householder Agent Accreditation Scheme, St Helens, by St Helens Council;

- Upper Eden Community Plan, submitted by Upper Eden Community Plan Group.


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